Saturday, April 17, 2010

Weekly Geeks 2010.13: Poetry Month

This week over at the Geeks, we talking poetry, in celebration of National Poetry Month. Now, I'm not much of a big poetry person, but there are a few I really like.

I love Robert Frost's poems:

Dust of Snow
by Robert Frost
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued. 

Or Shel Silverstein's:

by Shel Silverstein
"I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox
And there's one more--that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut--my eyes are blue--
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke--
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is--what?
What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play!"
Or poems that are sung and become... songs:

You know, I think I like poetry way more than I give myself credit.


  1. Poetry is great! I love seeing posts on great poets like Frost. Thanks for sharing a few of your favorite poems!

  2. Gotta love Shel Silverstein! I recently reread Where The Sidewalk Ends and was really surprised by the depth of some of the poems.

  3. I love Robert Frost. And Shiel is not far behind!

    Thanks for sharing these!

    I wrote a poem:

    Weekly Geeks: Poetry

  4. I love Shel. So fun, but some are so thoughtful and serious as well. I couldn't believe it when I discovered he had written the country song "A Boy Named Sue" that Johnny Cash sang!



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